Issues: Health

NEW YORK TIMES: Frank Talk About Care at Life’s End

Excerpt from Jane E. Brody's August 24, 2010 New York Times column citing the Palliative Care Information Act, which Senator Duane sponsored and Governor Paterson signed into law.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

August 24, 2010

Frank Talk About Care at Life’s End

August 27, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO, COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO, AND CCMAC TEAM UP TO PROVIDE FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM

            Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (right), County Executive Mangano (second right), Assemblyman Dave McDonough (second left), and CCMAC Co-founder Colette Coyne (left) watch a demonstration of a derma scan machine, which shows the user damage to the skin on their face caused by the sun which is not visible to the naked eye.

August 26, 2010
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Statement of Senator Thomas K. Duane RE: Urgent Care Coming to Manhattan's Lower West Side via North Shore-LIJ and VillageCare’s Announced Partnership

Finally, after much advocacy and hard work, The North Shore-LIJ Health System (NS-LIJ) has announced a plan, in affiliation with VillageCare, to operate a 24-hour urgent care center at 121A West 20 Street on the Lower West Side of Manhattan. I and the community expect that the proposed facility will provide the highest quality, state-of-the-art urgent care possible and that the New York State Department of Health (DOH) will quickly approve the project.  That said, actions speak louder than words.  Nothing can be taken for granted.  We must remain vigilant until this facility is operational and we can be sure that it is providing the same level of high-quality, culturally sensitive care to all who need it regardless of their ability to pay. 

August 26, 2010
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Power House Kingdom Cathedral C.O.G.I.C. Health Fair

Recently, Senator Robach took part in a health fair held at Power House Kingdom Cathedral Church of God in Christ. The health fair was a chance for people to find out their blood pressure and also receive HIV, glucose, and lead testing. For more information on Power House Kingdom Cathedral C.O.G.I.C., you can visit their website by clicking here.

August 24, 2010
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Bill Extending Health Benefits for Volunteer Firefighters Signed by Governor Paterson

ALBANY, N.Y.— Governor David Paterson signed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will extend cardiovascular health benefits for volunteer firefighters an additional five years (S.2769A).

“Everyday volunteer firefighters across New York put their lives on the line to protect our communities,” said Senator David Valesky. “Extending their benefits enables them to continue to protect the places they live, without compensating their health coverage.”

According to the law, firefighters stricken with heart problems while performing their duty are allowed to claim benefits unless substantial evidence is given that their activity as a firefighter did not cause the heart disease.

August 23, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO, COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO, AND CCMAC TEAM UP TO OFFER FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM

New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is partnering with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC) to help protect residents from skin cancer after a summer in the sun. 

August 20, 2010
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8/15/2010: Bone Marrow Drive

State Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica)attended a bone marrow drive accompanied by rap impresario and entertainer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. The event took place in Southeast Queens at 50’s Community Garden. The bone marrow drive was inspired by the story of 11-year-old leukemia patient, and Broadway’s Lion King star Shannon Tavarez. Unfortunately Shannon still hasn't found a bone marrow match, so when Senator Huntley heard of the event, she came out to register as a potential marrow donor. Senator Huntley also wanted to bring attention to the need for people to register and get swabbed to see if they could be candidates to donate marrow for Shannon and others suffering from leukemia. 50 Cent sponsored the registry through his G-Unity Foundation.

August 14, 2010
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Protecting Our Drinking Water

Senator Antoine Thompson, Residents & Advocates UrgeMoratorium on Gas Drilling Which Could Pollute New York’s Drinking Water

August 13, 2010
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Facts About Asthma

As the summer months begin to fade away and the back to school season approaches, many children will be ramping up their level of physical activity.  Some may be returning to sports or joining an athletic team for the first time while others may be looking forward to physical education class or simply rejoining their friends on the school playground.  No matter how intense the participation, as youngsters get back into the swing of things, it is important to watch for signs for the chronic condition of asthma.

August 12, 2010
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Protecting New York's Drinking Water

(35th District – NY) Today, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced the Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation mandating a temporary moratorium on gas drilling (“hydro-fracking”) to ensure adequate time to research safety measures and regulations. Gas drilling in New York could contaminate the drinking water of more than 12 million NYC-area residents.

The Senate, on August 3, 2010, overwhelmingly passed S8129B/Thompson by a vote of 48-9. This bill provides for a suspension, until May 15, 2011, of the issuance of new permits for the drilling of a well which utilizes the practice of hydraulic fracturing. The legislation is now awaiting action by the Assembly before it can be sent to the Governor for his support.

August 11, 2010
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Skin Cancer Screening Program


New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is partnering with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC) to help protect residents from skin cancer after a summer in the sun. 

August 26, 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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ADDABBO: LET’S PROTECT OUR DRINKING WATER

Senate Bill Co-Sponsored by Addabbo Mandates Moratorium to Allow for Comprehensive Study of Drilling in Marcellus Shale

Queens, NY, August 11, 2010 – Just back from the end of a rare summer session in Albany, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., reports that due largely as a result of the public support to hold off on a natural gas drilling process known as hydrofracking, the Senate passed legislation that would put a hold on hydrofracking in the state. The legislation, which now goes to the Assembly for a vote, would stop the issuing of upstate drilling permits until May 2011.

August 11, 2010
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Protecting New York's Drinking Water

Public Officials Join Actor Mark Ruffalo, Residents & Advocates to UrgeMoratorium on Gas Drilling Which Could Pollute NYC’s Drinking Water

Gas drilling in New York could contaminate the drinking water of more than 12 million NYC-area residents. Putting public safety over the interests of gas companies, the Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation mandating a temporary moratorium on gas drilling (“hydro-fracking”) to ensure adequate time to research safety measures and regulations. 

August 10, 2010
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Protecting New York's Drinking Water

Public Officials Join Actor Mark Ruffalo, Residents & Advocates to UrgeMoratorium on Gas Drilling Which Could Pollute NYC’s Drinking Water

August 10, 2010
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Senator Parker with staff from New York Blood Center

African-American blood donation is the primary way to fight the complications of Sickle Cell disease. Sickle Cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects approximately 80,000 people in the United States, 97 percent of whom are of African heritage. People suffering from Sickle Cell  require blood transfusions throughout their lives.

August 9, 2010
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JOIN THE MARCH FOR PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2010Delaware Park-BuffaloRegistration will begin at 8:00 AM to 9:00 AMPlease park in the lot at Parkside and JewettFree prostate cancer screening available at the former Science Magnet School inside the Buffalo Zoo. Two tickets to the Buffalo Zoo, and free parking tokens will be provided for those that choose to participate in the prostate cancer screening.

The purpose of this registration is to have an accurate account of our participants. Please rest assure that your name or address will not be sold or shared with any other entity that is not directly involved with the march.

September 4, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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NYS SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON BILL BEING PASSED TO HALT DRILLING IN UPSTATE WATERSHED

Queens, NY, August 4, 2010 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a co-sponsor of the Senate bill (S8129B) calling for a moratorium on hydrofracking, or drilling for natural gas reserves in the upstate watershed, today issued the following statement on the bill’s passage after being brought to the floor for a vote last night:   

August 4, 2010
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Growing Support for Energize NY Encouraging

 

Aubertine: Extender gives lawmakers more time to bring program to Assembly vote

August 4, 2010
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson RE: FMAP Funding

Today’s action by the US Senate on SA 4575 on FMAP, Education, and SNAP funding for state governments is a welcome sign Washington understands the fiscal pressures New York and other states are struggling to overcome.

August 4, 2010
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